Easy DIY Maxi Dress in Fifteen Minutes or Less

Originally posted on The Renegade Seamstress:

Ah, the maxi dress.

So comfy!

So cute!

Here’s a maxi dress you can make in less than fifteen minutes.

I had previously used the bottom of this thrift store shirt for some ruffles.

Now I can use the top.

The fabric was a lightweight knit from Joann Fabrics.

After refitting the bodice and the sleeves, sew sleeves back in sleeve casing, being sure to sew right sides together.

I measured from under my bust to the floor and added an inch to get the length I wanted for the skirt.

I’m 5’4″ and I measured 44 inches. This is a perfect length if I’m wearing flats.

My fabric was a lightweight knit and 60 inches wide so I just used it all and sewed the seam down the selvage edge.

Since this fabric had a pattern, I was also careful to match the pattern.

I put the seam down the…

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Should You Let the Cats Out of the Bag? Blogging About Family and Friends

Real Life Farm Wife:

Where does one draw the line when blogging? Should we censor ourselves or not?

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

Once upon a time, I featured a post on Freshly Pressed  in which the author spoke very frankly about her family and their differences. I assumed that since it had been published it was fair game, and she was thrilled to be chosen…

…until her blog attracted more traffic, including family members who didn’t appreciate the notoriety (or who hadn’t realized she was writing about them at all). She asked to have the post removed, deleted much of her blog’s content, and had to patch up the remnants of some severely strained relationships.

It’s a gnarled question: where do you draw the line on what you share about family and friends in a medium that’s fundamentally about letting readers into your life?

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You Might Be Married to a Farmer…

If hubby says he’s stopping home to put air in the tire and you soon see this in the driveway…

 

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you might be married to a farmer!


When Life Gets in the Way: Finding Time to Blog

Real Life Farm Wife:

I know we’ve all been there…right now it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day.

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

When you begin blogging, losing an hour of sleep to perfect a post or skipping lunch to spend time commenting is a pleasure. Post ideas come thick and fast. And more published posts mean pageviews and readers, so publishing more is better, right?

Sure… until it’s not. Until work starts piling up. Or you get sick. Or a friend is in from out of town. Or you have to bake three dozen cupcakes for Sally’s class — by tomorrow. Sometimes, we all get trapped under a beam in the burning barn (metaphorically) and can’t get to the computer. When that happens, how do you find time to blog without turning your creative outlet into just another obligation?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

Dual Tracks


10 Ways Marrying a Farmer Will Change Your Life…

Real Life Farm Wife:

I’ve barely seen Farmer D today and was on the verge of turning into a big, pouty baby….until I read this.

Thank you, Jenny, for reminding me that I’m not alone. (And reminding me it’s time for that “soybeans in the dryer” thing.)

Originally posted on [ j. l. d. ] Photograph Blog:

When I fell in love with my (NOW) husband, I never imagined what our life would look like on a day to day basis. I had an idea it would be hard, I’d be spending a lot of time alone, and that it was bound to be unpredictable. Being married is a feat in and of itself, being married to a farmer adds a whole other layer. 

There is no denying the fact that our relationship is an adventure. Just like farming, no two days are ever the same. It’s constantly changing, I’m constantly learning. I am finding out things about myself I didn’t know…. Like I CAN learn patience and I had no idea how strong I could be until I needed to be. There is NO denying that marrying a farmer changed my life in so many ways… Here’s 10 ways marrying a farmer WILL change your life..

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Bountiful Basil: Homemade Pesto Recipe

As usual, I have a half-finished post that I thought I’d get done before today.

As it sometimes happens, I was wrong.

Organic Basil

So since I spent the morning harvesting the rest of the oregano and basil (which you may recall is one of my favorite herbs), I’m going to share my go-to recipe for homemade pesto.

Pesto

2 c.                  Whole Fresh Basil Leaves, firmly packed (*can substitute some parsley, but needs to be mostly basil)
2 cloves         Garlic (more or less to taste)
1/2 c.               Pine Nuts (*can substitute unsalted pecans or walnuts)
1/2 c.               Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
1/2 c.               Romano Cheese, freshly grated
1/2 c.                Olive Oil
to taste           Salt
to taste           Ground Black Pepper

Combine the basil leaves, garlic, and pine nuts in a blender or food processor and puree to desired smoothness. Do not over puree – you want the consistence to be kind of a wet crumb look and you want to be able to identify the ingredients.

Add the cheeses and blend briefly. Pour in the olive oil and mix well.

Use immediately, store in a covered glass jar in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze.

(Note: Top with enough olive oil to cover the surface to retard darkening.)

Makes enough for 1 lb. pasta.

 

And since I have basil on the brain, I suggest you head over to Wellness Mama for 10 Great Uses for Basil Leaf.

As for me, I think it’s time for a pesto and tomato sandwich.


Road Trip: The Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County

This past weekend I decided to blow off everyone and everything and take some time for myself.

(And if you said, “It’s about time”…you’re absolutely right.)

I packed the car with me, a mug of coffee, and the camera, and headed north to Ashtabula County to take a tour of its covered bridges.

Ashtabula County boasts seventeen public covered bridges—more than any other county in Ohio. And though I intended to visit them all, I ran out of time to take the “B” tour

The Bridges of Ashtabula County (Tour A)

Opened in 1999, the Netcher Road Bridge is a neo-Victorian construction that spans Mill Creek. It features a timber arch with inverted Haupt walls and is 110 ft. long.

The Netcher Road Covered Bridge

Built in 1890, the 81 ft. long South Denmark Road Bridge spans Mill Creek.

South Denmark Road Covered Bridge

Built in 1986, the Caine Road Bridge is the first Pratt truss bridge built in Ohio. The Caine Road Bridge is 124 ft. long.

The Caine Road Covered Bridge

The Graham Road Bridge sits on the south side of Graham Road. The 97 ft. truss bridge was built using wood recovered from a bridge that washed out in 1913.

Graham Road Covered Bridge

Built in 1868 and renovated in 1983, the Root Road Bridge is 114 ft. long and spans the Ashtabula River.

Root Road Covered Bridge

Erected in 1983, the 152 ft. long State Road Bridge crosses Conneaut Creek.State Road Covered Bridge

The Middle Road Bridge was built in 1868. This 136 ft. Howe truss bridge was reconstructed in 1984.

Middle Road Covered Bridge

No one knows exactly when the Creek Road Bridge was built, but the 125 ft. long bridge was renovated in 1994..

Creek Road Covered Bridge

Built around 1900, the Benetka Road Bridge is an 138 ft. Town lattice with arch bridge that spans the Ashtabula River.

Benetka Road Bridge

Built in 1873 and renovated in 1985, the 115 ft. Olin Bridge is the only bridge in Ashtabula County named for a family. (The Olin family owns the land adjacent to the bridge.)

Olin Covered Bridge

The Giddings Road Bridge is a Pratt truss construction. The bridge was built in 1995 and is 107 ft. long.

Giddings Road Covered Bridge

The Smolen-Gulf Bridge was built in 2007 and is the longest covered bridge in the United States. At 600 ft. long, the Smolen-Gulf Bridge sits above Indian Trails Park.

Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge

Hope you enjoyed the tour. With any luck, I’ll find time to get out to shoot the rest of the bridges before the snow falls.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Watching a train pass on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Watching a train pass on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

 

 

 

 

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10 Tips for Farm Safety

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Since it’s Farm Safety Week, here are 10 tips to help prevent accidents on the farm:

  1. Always stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. (Even when it’s 3 a.m. and you’ve run out of coffee and have been running the combine for hours.)
  2. Don’t take on tasks that are physically and/or mentally inappropriate. (If this seems like an odd one, ask any older farmer about some of the jobs they were assigned as youngsters.)
  3. Include hazard and safety lessons when training others. (Which means don’t just tell me to hit the red button when “x” happens, explain to me why and what the consequences are if I don’t.)
  4. No seat, no rider. NO EXCEPTIONS. (Though I’ve heard a few tales from the past of baby seats in the tractor cab.)
  5. Use hydraulic equipment cautiously and control operations from the tractor seat only. (There’s no place for “Hey y’all, watch this!” in farming.)
  6. Never attempt to unplug equipment while power is engaged. (Pretty good advice for everyone.)
  7. Use safety identification markers, turn signals, flashing lights, and/or escort vehicles when driving farm equipment on public roads. (And for motorists, please be patient when you’re behind farm equipment instead of putting us/yourself in danger.)
  8. Carry a fire extinguisher on every piece of powered equipment. (And know how to use it.)
  9. If there are kids around, make sure they’re safe and keep them away from running machinery. (But see #2 and ask Farmer D about some of the stuff he had to do when he was a little guy.)
  10. Enforce basic safety rules for others…and FOLLOW THEM YOURSELF! 

List based on info from www.agriculture.state.pa.us/agriculture

Shall I have Farmer D weigh in on his top 10 list? (Or the tips he may need to work on?)